There is plenty to see and do in Illinois Valley to suit every taste and age range. From hiking and horseback riding to wine tasting tours and art galleries, this overlooked pocket of Oregon has great food, a local brewery, and live entertainment; moderate climate, exceptional natural beauty and diversity; and a rich community vested with wide-ranging and often disparate opinions, but unified by a love of this charmed place.
Take the time to experience and enjoy the many delights Illinois Valley has to offer.
Hiking & Exploring
- Visit Highway199.org to take a mile-by-mile tour or the Redwood Hwy. as it wends from Crater Lake to the Redwoods and the Pacific Coast. Scenic by-ways, hiking opportunities, history and more information has been nicely packaged on this site.
Arts & Crafts
- Stop by the Southern Oregon Guild‘s gallery in historic Kerby. The gallery is located in Rogue Community College’s Kerby Belt Bldg., which also houses the Illinois Valley Business Entrepreneurial Center.
- While in Kerby, take time to wander among the fantastic burl wood creations at It’s a Burl.
- Live music is on tap at Wild River Brewing & Pizza Co. starting Jan. 15. Saturday nights from 5 to 7 p.m. enjoy the foot-stomping “Finger Pickin’ Good”. No cover.
- Taylor’s Country Store is the place for live music Friday nights. Local favorites Dale Hopper, Tim & Michelle Wallace and Tim Mitchell are slated to perform Jan. 14,21 and 28, respectively.
Attractions & Lodging
- “Predators in Action” are on the bill at Great Cats World Park, south of Cave Junction.
- The Château at Oregon Caves National Monument is the billed as the flagship attraction in Illinois Valley. The venerable Château, built of native materials, straddles the canyon of Caves Creek, it’s cedar bark exterior and gracefully angled facade were designed to complement the natural surrounding.
- World famous and godfather of all valley “treesorts” is Out ‘n’ About, a one of a kind destination in the heart of Takilma. Enjoy spending the night with family and friends in your tree house, complete with shower and other amenities (Plan ahead! Reservations fill very fast). Campers and visitors alike can learn the ropes among the trees: scale towering Douglas firs and fly through the canopy on steel zip-lines. Get wild on the heart-stopping Tarzan Swing. Horse back riding, hiking, rafting and more can be accessed through this resort.